Not only when you make projects you will notice that organizing stuff is very good for finding your gear fast.
I am personally a big fan of having stuff put in the right place and organizing my gear.
In my Shop i have a Box for everything i need and i also like to do so when i am mobile.
So here are some products i use in my ERS Project:
For my Cables i use a normal cheap sportsbag like you had when you went to shool: Shoolbag
I use this bags for my Extencion cords, Strings, Coax Cables. They are very cheap but they do the job.
A very good product for Documents, CDs and small cables are the Polyfiel bags in A4 and A5.
I am not going to lie to you, they are expencive as hell, but you will get a good strong nice looking case
for almost everything in almost every format.
Dont you hate it too when you have cables going loose everytime you transport them? I do.
Since i am also flying RC planes i found a nice littel gimmik that you can use to tie your cables together so they wont get loose.
VelcroZipTies they come on a good price for what you get.
Thats it for now for organizing Stuff.
The first time i have seen a portable Shack was when i made the HAM Radio course in Klagenfurt in Carinthia.
It was in late 2014 i think on the KIDSDAY. A fellow ham operator who is also part of the A.R.E.N.A. group (Amateur Radio Emergency Network Austria) had his portable shack on display.
I am personally a great friend of Portable and nicely packed gear so i wanted to make my own some day. It took almost one and a half year to find the time and will to do so.
I have searched long for a suitable case for my gear. A normal suitcase has the broblem that is has just one lid. Good for transport, Bad for mounting and organizing.
I finally found something called “RACK CASE” wich is a Case Music Guys use to mount and transport their stuff.
You can take of the front and back lid very easily and fast and have a tube. In the front you can control your equipment and in the back you can put throu your cables and connectors.
I found that the company THOMANN has such Rack cases that are not that expencive and are quite good quality for the price.
The good thing is that the case already has mounting holes for the Plates that will be screwed in and in one lid the case has a nice net for putting cables and stuff in.
Best wishes Hans
Yesterday was the day. I have received the last Part of my Portable Shack, the Pactor modem.
I have installed everything and it is now (thanks to god =)) finished.
It was a lot more work as i thought before and it was also more expencive as i thought.
I think i will explain in a few blog posts why i made it that way and how i did it.
I will post some links to the Products i have bought for this Project.
The links to Amazon will be Affiliate Links. If you buy something over them i will get a tiny amount of money
paid out in amazon gift cards. I have never done this before and i am sure i wont get a fortune out of it.
All other Links i get NOTHING for.
I DONT make commercial for products that i linked to, I just know the feeling when searching Hours for a part to find a
good and affordable Source and i want so spare your time. If you have any Problem with that please let me know.
That said i hope i will get some nice articles in the next Time.
I am almost finished with my “Emergency Radio Shack”. It was more work than expected.
I have made multiple PowerSource Inputs that can be selected with a Switch.
There are also some PowerOutlets for charging the Laptop or a Handheld Radio over the 12V Cigarette Port.
I also added 2 USB charging ports and a Blank Outlet where you can plug in some Cables.
In the middle of the Backplate i have 3D printed some cable holders so i can connect between the Radio components withouth taking of the Backplate.
There are a lot of cables inside this Box because you have to have one cable to every port of your Radio components. I have made the MiniDin-8 and MiniDin-6 Cables myself because they are hard to get in a short lengh and the custommade cables cost 25 Euros each. (25 x 12… =))
I still have to wait for the Pactor modem wich has some delay because of the HamRadio Fair in Germany.
I also have to make the labeling of the components and connectors, so there is still a little way to go.